My name is Albertina Sánchez and I’m from a small village called Turícuaro Michoacán, Mexico. I came to the United States with dreams of a better life.
But like many immigrants, I didn’t feel like I could speak up — especially when it came to my children's education. For some reason, I was afraid of what would happen.
That was until I joined Stand for Children Arizona a few years ago. Through Stand’s workshops and leadership training, I’ve learned so much, from the importance of reading at home to how to ask tough and honest questions.
When my daughter, Kimberly, was struggling with reading, I was worried. I didn’t want her to fall behind. Like every parent experiences at some point, I felt helpless.
But then I started to ask some hard questions. How can I improve her reading? How can I work with her teacher? Why doesn’t she like reading?
Quickly, I implemented Stand for Children’s Every Child Reads at Home program and began scheduling 20 minutes of nightly reading. I saw a huge difference in her grades and attitude toward reading.
Far too many parents are in the same position I was a few years ago, but together, we can work to change that. It can start today on Giving Tuesday.